Do you know that most of the corn you eat are hybrids? Do you know that Ligers are generally bigger than both tigers and lions? Why? This is because of something called hybrid vigor. Viviana June talks about hybrid vigor and her work studying the circadian rhythm in Arabidopsis plant hybrids. There is also lots of Kale love.
Fact clarification: Arabidopsis species have a genome size of roughly 135 Mbp
Erin Giglio talks about epigenetics and the nature vs nurture debate. Think mutations in the DNA is the only way to pass on genetic changes to your offspring??? Think again!
Porcia Vaughn talks about how to get the most out of UT biology library services, where to get free donuts, and best practices for studying, research, and data management.
Corals! Calcium carbonate! Climate change! Allison Lawman walks the gang through her research on corals as a model for studying global climate changes on this episode.
Elephant poaching has been ongoing for decades. In 1945, there were over 45 million wild elephant compared with about 450,000 today. Mike Jankowski joined the army in 1992 and was on anti-poaching assignment in 1996. He joined us and talked about the multi-faceted problem of poaching as well as his own stories while involved in anti-poaching efforts.
Ever wonder how scientists learn about other planets? Tune in this week as Dr. Krista Soderland,
from the Institute of Geophysics here at UT, joins us to talk about her work
exploring the solar system. Krista works
specifically with modelling how other nearby planets generate their magnetic
fields, which might surprise you with their diversity! She also shares her experience travelling to
Antarctica and how that relates to possibly finding extraterrestrial life on
one of Jupiter’s moons, Europa.
The Daily Texan, the University of Texas’s student daily,
hosts a weekly science news column, Science Scene. With contributors from both graduate and
undergraduate over a range of scientific disciplines, Science Scene provides a
unique and perspective on science news pertinent to the local community but
also the rest of the country. Robert
Starr, Paepin Goff, and Hellen Airhart sit down with us in the booth to talk
about the writing process, finding stories, while the Albino Squirel isn’t
really albino, and other tidbits of science communication.
Max Parks joins the weekly Monday night science party to
share his experience working at Moon Express, one of many companies around the
world competing for the Google Lunar X Prize.
The Lunar X Prize is a 30 million dollar award for the first private
company to land a rover on the Moon, have it travel 500 yards, all while live
streaming the journey back to viewers on Earth.
Tune in to learn about what the future of space travel will look like,
what minerals we will find on the Moon, and the possible future decline of the
need of science communicators.
(Hopefully not too soon!)
‘They Blinded Me with Science’ is joined this evening by
Behavioral Ecology doctorial student Tracy Burkhard. Tracy studies vocal communication in mammals,
but her favorite subjects are singing mice.
Tracy’s research has taken her from the laboratories of UT to the
mountains of Costa Rica in search of these crooning mammals. Join us as we discuss how mice not only claim
territory but also flirt with their potential mates through song, Tracy
describes some of her more interesting mice hunting adventures, and the crew
practices singing some of their favorite mouse songs!
On this episode we're joined by University of Texas at Austin computer science PhD student, Siavash Mirarab, whose research focuses on large-scale phylogenetics. Siavash and his advisor Tandy Warnow developed a new technique for estimating evolutionary relationships ("statistical binning") that enabled an international consortium of researchers to redraw the bird family tree. He talks about this part of his PhD work which was recently published in Science magazine. Join us to learn about the computational side of biology, where complex models and methodologies are used to understand evolution from Slavish Mirarab.